Revel Salon loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Associated Equipment
Analog sources: Linn Sondek LP12 turntable with Lingo power supply unit, Ittok tonearm, Spectral moving-coil cartridge. Tuners: Day-Sequerra FM Reference Classic, Rotel RH-10, Fanfare FM-1, Magnum Dynalab MD-108/Model 205 Sleuth RF amplifier.

Digital source: Krell MD-1 CD transport, Adcom GDA-700 processor.

Preamplifiers: Krell KBL, Mark Levinson ML-7A, Duntech MX-10 head amplifier.

Power amplifiers: Mark Levinson No.331 (stereo), Bryston 7B-ST (monoblocks).

Loudspeakers: Snell Type A Reference system.

Cables: Interconnects: 75 ohm Silver Starlight digital coax, Madrigal CZ Gel-1, Krell Cogelco Yellow balanced, Randall Research and AudioQuest Topaz single-ended. Speaker cables: Sumiko OCOS, QED Qudos Profile 8 biwires, Mark Levinson HFC-10.—Larry Greenhill

COMMENTS
Ornello's picture

These abominations are some of the worst speakers i have ever heard. That they are sold, let alone that the 'manufacturer' asks $15,000 per pair for theses abominations, is an insult to the human race.

makrisd's picture

Are you experiencing hearing problems? Probably the best speakers in the world!

Ornello's picture

These abominations sound like crap. My hearing is exceptional.

Christopher's picture

@Ornello :
You must not be familiar with Harmon Audio Group's testing facilities and procedures, and, you also must not have heard these speakers working properly. Either you heard some bad quality clones, or there was something terribly wrong with some other piece of equipment in the chain, or, very bad source material.

Because not only do these speakers measure exceptionally well from an entirely objective perspective, they also have EXCELLENT sound quality both from my perspective as a person who listened to them while working for a COMPETITOR -and- from the perspective of a panel of expert trained listeners working at the parent company.

Even if these speakers did not suit your personal preference [for non-neutral sound], I don't believe you honestly could have listened to them and come away with an opinion that the were not at least "generally excellent"!

In 2003 I went to all the major high end audio boutiques in Manhattan and auditioned several of their finest (and some more modest) speakers at each store. The Madrigal Revel Salon Ultimas stood out as clearly superior to every other pair we heard over that period of a couple days that we spend listening to the best the competition had to offer. Every other pair had at least some minor unpleasant quality to their sound, these were the only ones where nothing stood out as an obvious imperfection to their ability to accurately and dynamically reproduce recorded music.

makrisd's picture

When and where did you hear these? What is your favourite speaker system?

Ornello's picture

I own Yamaha NS-1000M speakers. Prior to that I owned Rogers Studio 1s. Either of these trounce the Revels.

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